BEIJING - A 10-year-old Chinese boy jumped 30 floors to his death after failing to write a self-criticism letter demanded by his teacher, state media reported yesterday.
The fifth-grade pupil had been ordered to write a 1,000-character apology by his teacher for talking in class, China National Radio (CNR) reported on its website, citing a neighbour.
The educator allegedly told him to jump out of a building after he failed to complete the task, the report quoted relatives and the neighbour as saying.
"Teacher, I can't do it," was found written in one of the boy's textbooks, CNR said. "I flinched several times when I tried to jump from the building."
The child smashed into a parked car beneath the flat where his family lives.
His furious relatives posted a banner outside the school in the south-western city of Chengdu that read: "The teacher forced our kid to jump off the building."
"The police investigation is still under way," an official of Jinjiang district, where the incident happened, said.
The news provoked sadness and sympathy on Sina Weibo.
"How can a guy like this be a teacher?" wrote one poster.